3.05.2008

CHIVALRY IS DEAD - Vote or Die pt. 2

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If you've read the post below, which was written on Monday, you already know the scenario. That journalist idiot, Michael Jordan, wrote two versions of his monthly column, just in case Hillary stayed in the race.

The following is the O.G. version of the column, called, "Tell Your Mama to Man Up." It is in reference to the fact that some people are/were too afraid to vote for Obama, for whatever reason. Jordan believes that Hillary Clinton is splitting the black female vote with Obama, and I guess he doesn't understand why all black people aren't voting for him. What a tool. Anyway, here's what MJ had to say about this version:


Prodigy

I love my mother, but when it came to our debate over Hillary Clinton vs. Barack Obama, I was somewhat shocked that she had certain opinions that ran contrary to my own. After all, she raised me. It's weird when your parents stick with a political safety net, while your generation builds a new political reality right before their eyes.

It's also crazy that the Texas primary was called for Clinton, yet it is Obama who is now expected to win when the votes are fully counted later this month. So it's almost perfect timing for both versions of the column, which of course couldn't run next to each other, so I just figured that they should be put out there in some form. My Umi said shine your light on the world. Word to that throwback Jordan commercial...



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Whatever. So here's the first one. I'm somewhat interested in your comments, even though I'm not tripping at all if you're too shook to leave one, what with all this quasi-schizophrenia you're currently witnessing.

And now, on to the show...


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TELL YOUR MAMA TO MAN UP
by: MICHAEL JORDAN


I have a politically-inclined family, thanks to genetics. Mom has a Ph.D. in political science, and Dad does his thing as well. This puts me directly in the line of fire to study this opera known as politics, just to be able to join in family conversation from time to time. The "quan" of the Jordan family is beer, barbecue, card games and politics. We go over everything from elections, laws, Supreme Court rulings, welfare, education and Iraq policy.

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I had already left Morehouse when my father became the Chief Operating Officer of Atlanta, replacing Larry Wallace after he was indicted for corruption. Dad didn’t last long; he wasn’t feeling the pressure that the F.B.I. was laying down on former mayor Bill Campbell’s administration. He didn’t want to be involved and he felt the heat coming down, so instead of having to stick around and testify against his boss for things he didn’t know, he left office before Campbell’s term was up. And he was right in doing so, because not only did Mr. Wallace end up serving federal time, but so did Mayor Campbell. By the way, Campbell’s still locked up, and some people will tell you that it is an injustice. I try as hard as possible to stay impartial.

Campbell was quite an inspirational figure in his time. While he reigned over Atlanta, Atlanta reigned over the country in urban culture. I almost feel sorry for many of the current students in the Atlanta University Center, because you’ll never know college life during Freaknik or Bad Boy Weekend, or what Lenox Mall was like before the buffoonery.

I do not wish to put down the current student lifestyle that exists in Atlanta, but in all honesty, it’s not the same experience as I had before Bush took office. I went to Morehouse in the mid-Nineties, and my class has done quite well for itself. That includes Spelman, Clark and Morris Brown. This was the true A.U.C. experience, and because we had a Democratic president at the time, things were decent. You actually knew that you could score a job with decent wages because the whole country was optimistic. We had nothing to fear and everything to gain.


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Next thing you know, Bill was replaced by Bush, and America was held hostage for the last seven years. I won’t get too political, but I think that besides a few readers who may be too brainwashed to believe, we all see that a Democratic president is best for minorities. And if you attend an H.B.C.U., you have no excuse to not vote in the blue category in 2008. Anything less would be profoundly stupid.

That doesn’t mean that you should automatically support Barack Obama. You should question him, investigate his positions and decide whether or not he is the best candidate for your precious vote. If he doesn’t meet your standards, don’t be swayed. If he does, don’t be afraid. My mother, who is divorced from my father and also a Democrat, is a supporter of Hillary Clinton. She and I went through pure purgatory last week, arguing and trying to make each other see our political philosophies regarding our chosen candidates. Truth be told, we’re different after all, which I never would have guessed before she tried to tell me that she didn’t believe that America was ready for a black Commander-in-Chief.


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My point for this month is that I believe in Barack Obama, and I’m willing to tell my own mother when I believe that she is wrong about certain reservations for casting her vote in his name. We as a minority race have no more room for fear or worry. We have to take the initiative and put in place someone who doesn’t care if he’s black enough, as long as he’s good enough. Every time I hear this guy speak, I’m inspired at his eloquence and total confidence. It’s something I want my children to know about. And it’s something that my own mother is not yet convinced is possible.


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Don’t worry; I’m working on it.

3 comments:

Snickers (that Texas snow came and went!) said...

I'm not even gonna lie, at first, I wasn't sure whether or not I was gonna vote for Barack...but I did.

I didn't wanna be another uneducated, bandwagon black person voting for him just because he was Black...(something a LOT of people are doing!)

I'll admit, I'm not a HUGE political person. I just can't see myself going hard for any politician because they ALL lie and tell us what they think we wanna hear, for our votes!

...but I guess that's the point, right?

Snickers (that Texas snow came and went!) said...

I have a few voting/caucus horror stories for you if you don't mind...I went and voted Tuesday afternoon at a local high school a few blocks away and returned to caucus at 7:15p SHARP! just like they told us...

It was soooo unorganized to say the least! there were people still voting, so we were told to be seated in the school auditorium for instructions...we didn't hear a WORD from anyone until around 8p and when the organizer/anouncer finally spoke, he was very unsure of himself...which caused even more confusion!

there were nine people TOTAL seated at three different tables to accomadate a whole high school auditorium full of grown folks! I didn't get to sign my name until about 9p......

I e-mailed an old friend when I got home and she had the SAME experience at another local high school not too far away...

and I really feel bad for the many people who were turned away and didn't get the chance to vote Tuesday. My best friend's mom has a friend who lives in a small town here *ahem* Ennis (VERY racist), she was turned away and told that she wasn't registered there......THA HELL?? she's lived there for the past twenty years!

I was still hopeful after a long night of disorganization (I know, I know) and bad news so I stayed glued to CNBC for the results. they were neck and neck at first, but lo and behold ol' Hil found a way to pull out the big Texas win...I was a little disappointed, but not surprised!

(sorry about the long novel, but I needed to vent, Thanks!!)

:)

THE UNDERWRITER said...

You should check NPR. They said that when the final totals from the caucus and primary votes are counted, they expect Obama to win the state. Hillary was able to claim victory first, because all the major news networks said she won. In a few weeks, when they change it officially, people will still believe that the momentum shifted.

Great political move on the part of whoever helped the Clinton campaign with this one. The biggest rule in public relations is to get the word out first or as soon as possible, so your story is most credible.